1. Finding My Right Balance

    Every few weeks, we meet as a staff and very much like the newsletters I’ve been writing to you, I chose to speak to them honestly, openly and personally with trust that a Power greater than myself will guide our conversation.

    I suggest we begin our time together with a guideline using the following 3 questions.

    1. Where are you now?
    2. Where do you want to go?
    3. What do you need to help you get there?

    Where am I now?

    Recently, in my own sharing with the staff, I explained my desire to be a better supervisor at Your Personal Best Training Studio. I have a small staff and clearly define their responsibilities to the best of my ability. I give them the right of decision and authority that is equal to the responsibilities they have.

    I want us to balance working cooperatively with one another without doing each other’s job. I give them the right of decision and the authority to carry out their responsibilities because if I had to make all of the decisions they would just be “rubber stampers.” I want to treat my staff (the way I want to be treated) with dignity and respect. Knowing that this, in and of itself, fosters loyalty and trust.

    For various reasons and circumstances in my life, learning to trust again and to foster an atmosphere of trust is a huge leap of faith for me. If I ask myself, “What is the worst thing that can happen to me if try something new?” … I realize the worst thing I can think of is usually something that has already happened before and I start laughing. To “think” of a worse thing would be making stuff up in my head, it would freeze me in fear and I would not take the actions necessary to reach the greatest amount of people with regard to health and fitness.

    I know this as my truth because living a fear based life is how I rolled for years without really knowing it.

    Where do I want to go?

    I want to continue to adopt and practice my spiritual program of recovery that has given me a new set of principles to practice in all my affairs. Just as these principals have the power to heal me emotionally, to unite me with you on a more personal level and have helped fulfill my purpose of helping others adopt a more healthy lifestyle; I believe they can also help me enjoy a more fulfilling life of spending quality time with my family and friends and to become a business owner where people really want to work.

    What do I need to help me get there?

    I need to live and work in a culture that embraces the following example of guiding principles that I could live with, such as:

    • Passion and Commitment
      Love what you do—fitness and health are a way of life, we want to share and inspire
    • Attract and Train the best team
      Staff is the heart of a successful service business
    • Motivate, Challenge, Celebrate, Appreciate
      Set big audacious goals, make big things happen, applaud successes
    • Communicate and Listen
      The more we know the more we understand, the more we care
    • Respect and Care
      Work together as a team; always speak positively of one another in private and in public. If I have an issue with a team member I will address it in private with the person directly. I will never gossip.
    • Ownership
      Be responsible for all your actions and all you do.
    • Wow Clients
      Give them more than they expect
    • Control Expenses
      Be a wise steward will all company resources
    • Continually Improve
      Ever learning, ever growing, personal development
    • Share Profits
      Everyone should share in the success of the business
    • Partner and Contribute
      Give back to the community and always act with integrity

    My husband, John and I have a RV and plan to some long get-a-way weekends. John is retired and I told him, “I’m ready to practice taking off occasionally”. Today, I have much gratitude for a staff and client base that help me to take care of myself as I strive to serve them and the many clients whom I consider “Under My Protection and Care”.

    Have you been waiting for something to change before you bring back into balance that healthy YOU that longs to really feel good again? You’ve just had an inside peak at the heart beat of my training studio. If you feel this could be a safe place for you start a program of physical recovery, give me a call today, 361-549-4604 I would really like to meet with you.

  2. Things to Do and Not to Do

    Like many of you, I can really have a tendency to get overwhelmed by being overly responsible and NOT just during the holidays. It seems there’s always so much to do. It’s hard for me to tell people no and I can teeter on the edge of feeling more cray-cray than usual when I take on too much!

    Since very young, I was convinced that I had to take care of everything and everybody —with a not well family, I didn’t know what my choices were. Today, with the help of my recovery program I have learned that, while I do have responsibilities, there are also many things I do not have to do:

    I don’t have to understand everything. My brain doesn’t like not knowing or not understanding things. It will even go so far as to make stuff up to feel satisfied that it IS indeed in the know.

    Some things are not my business, and other people, places and things may simply never make sense to me.

    I don’t have to be reluctant to show my feelings. When I’m happy, I can give in to it! When I’m not, I can turn to my recovery friends (or trusted others) who help me with acceptance, perspective and to grow through the tough times.

    Three years ago, I knew more about what you were feeling than I did myself. Learning how to feel has become part of my recovery and it is great not bottling that stuff up inside me anymore. My preferred method of identifying my feelings is through journaling and a call to a trusted other, sharing what I’ve written and listening for perspective.

    I don’t have to feel threatened by the future. I can take life one day at a time. I can be a wife one day at a time, a mother, an employer, a professional and anything I want to be ONLY one day at time. This is SUCH a relief to me. The God of my understanding is in the here and now. This is where I want to live.

    I don’t have to feel guilty about the past. With the help of 12 little Steps, I can make amends to God, to myself and to others and learn from the mistakes I have made. Forgiveness has truly been mine all along.

    I don’t have to feel alone. I can go to a meeting, or pick up the phone –there is always a trusted other or professional to reach out to. I have truly learned to enjoy my own company over time, I like to sew, walk the dogs, read and write.

    I don’t have to take responsibility for other people’s choices. They have their own Higher Power to help them make their decisions. This includes especially my family. They have their own God and I am not It!

    I am learning to say what I mean and not say anything in a mean way.

    I don’t have to give up on my hopes and dreams. My Higher Power is not limited by my lack of imagination.

    What is on your “Things-not-to-do” list? Are you overly responsible for others as I have been?

    As Dr. Phil would say, “How’s that working for you?”

    With each day there is a chance for a new start, is there something you could stop doing so you can start taking better care of yourself? Do you need to exercise, eat better and feel better?

    I can help you. My studio is full of passionate and caring trainers, clients and laughter. We work hard and get results. Here’s my phone number 361-549-4604.

    Yours in Health and Fitness,

    Lisa-Newsletter-Pic.jpgLisa G. Wright, CFT, FAS
    Your Personal Best Training Studio
    Owner/Director of Operations
    (361) 549-4604
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  3. I am not just my body …

    lisa_wright-9045Thank Goodness I Am Not Just My Body!

    My staff and I recently updated our professional photos for marketing purposes. This photo is an untouched proof that came through our email today and I was SHOCKED at all of my wrinkles!

    Do you look in the mirror or have a photograph taken of yourself and LIKE what you see?

    Dang it, I know I’ve hit the double nickel this year, I know I spend a lot of time in the sun with all my activities and I KNOW I’m still too stubborn to dye my hair. Seriously WHEN did I start looking my age?

    Now I’m going to do what I do best and change the subject when I start feeling uncomfortable … follow me if you can.

    Mind Body Spirit Connection and Weight Loss

    There are many diets on the market, exercise programs, diet pills, etc.… years ago my training studio staff and I put together our mission statement and core values with the help of a trusted professional. One of our core values “Unity”reads as follows:

    • At YPB we all embrace the same fitness philosophy, share knowledge and strengths with one another and create a united team in support of our clients’ balance of mind, body and spirit.
      • We promote a community of clients and trainers focused on mutual trust and interconnectedness.

    Unity seems to supports the truth I’ve come to know beyond the physical body. My journey has led me to believe we are not just our bodies! As stated in a previous newsletter… I also believe we have a responsibility to our body.

    I have sought a deeper meaning in life, always. Through time and a discipline of prayer, study and meditation, I have learned to access within my physical form a place where love vibrates, radiates and is transforming my life’s most true intent.

    I most certainly should exercise and eat right … this is logical to me yet still hard to do. Beyond logic (my mind thinking) into the depths of my being resides a Power greater than myself that seems to affect my relationship with others, with exercise, with food and all things of this world, like no other. Nothing has ever made a greater impact on my practical and spiritual life.

    Just as I have learned to exercise daily, eat right, take a bath, brush my teeth, wear my seat belt in a car and a helmet riding my bike, so I have learned to turn my attention inward twice daily. The practice of sitting in silence, allowing my thoughts to rise, not dialoguing with them and gently turning back to my heart center has brought a freedom and peace that can only be the fruits of this practice.

    So you want to lose weight?

    In my experience, lighten your mental load first. I may have gone to extreme and competitive measures to look good on the outside for much of my life but it was all I knew how to do and I wasn’t happy.

    Your insides are yours to work on; if you want some help with your physical condition, call me at 361-549-4604, my staff and I would love to work with you in our loving, caring, non-judging and safe studio environment.

    Yours in Health and Fitness,

    Lisa-Newsletter-Pic.jpgLisa G. Wright, CFT, FAS
    Your Personal Best Training Studio
    Owner/Director of Operations
    (361) 549-4604
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  4. Tides of Change

    Early summer 2015, my staff and I attended a business Summit in Phoenix, AR in preparation for our Functional Aging Specialist exams. I really connected with the doctors there, especially Dr. Dan Ritchie. Something about him just spoke to my heart and I decided to lay down a considerable chunk of money and hire him to be my business coach for a year.

    Uncomfortable with change

    At first, working with Dr. Ritchie, felt like a lot of busy work with emphasis on just making money. Numbers, numbers, numbers! I’m used to counting reps back and forth from 15 and hiring others to help me with the rest. I was definitely being pushed out of my comfort zone and had a meltdown. I had to reach out for help to unscramble all my mixed emotions.

    Learning to ask for help has been difficult for me. Oh sure, I have help with my house, mowing the lawn, etc… The kind of help I’m talking about can’t really be bought with money. It’s the kind of help that comes from being in the trenches oneself. So, I’ve had to learn to ask for help when it comes to my mental and spiritual health. I pay it forward when others come to me for help and my life is better because of this.

    For the past couple of weeks, you’ve been receiving a great fitness newsletter from me on Tuesdays. Up to two other times during the week, I’ve been writing a more personal newsletter, sharing a bit about myself, my struggles and what makes me tick.

    Too many newsletters

    I received a tip one day from a trusted colleague who suggested, “Too many emails turn people off and they will unsubscribe.” This really wasn’t news to me because I had the same concern when I committed to writing two personal newsletters per week for 5 weeks last year.

    Self-doubt began to creep in. I started obsessing and worrying. Fortunately, I met with Dr. Richie one Tuesday and he reminded me that what I do by vocation is very personal. People want to know the person they may consider trusting their body, health and fitness to. If I’m honest about who I am, it will come across in what I write. What I have to sell as a Fitness professional is a very personal service, different from some other small businesses.

    Learning about honesty

    When I made the decision to re-invest my time and money in my personal training studio, I began to review all my previous efforts and among many, these stood out:

    • I have almost 400 blogs on my website that are mostly just a bunch of words, saying what I thought you wanted to hear. I even hired others to help me write these blogs. Only about 10 or so were straight from my heart with regard to who I am and how I think and care about you.
    • I also have almost 400 videos on my YouTube channel. Many are “How to” videos, testimonials from clients and again, others of me very uncomfortably trying to say what I thought you wanted to hear or me just being silly.

    I had to correct some things in order to learn to speak to you from my heart. I know some of you will not resonate with what I share and may unsubscribe. Others will and have encouraged me, beyond measure, to keep telling my stories because they are relating to the “me” that works at her job with the passion of having been in the trenches.

    Being honest; of course I want you to try my studio or come back if you left. Of course I want you to call me today, NOT unsubscribe and tell everyone you know about how I want to help them with their fitness! Here’s my personal cell 361-549-4604, should you decide to ask for my help.

    Yours in Health and Fitness,

    Lisa-Newsletter-Pic.jpgLisa G. Wright, CFT, FAS
    Your Personal Best Training Studio
    Owner/Director of Operations
    (361) 549-4604
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  5. Gratitude and Keeping an Open Mind

    This past year, my training studio celebrated the success of about 70 of my clients, their guests and my staff in a couple of client appreciation luncheons.

    It was great to see everyone in real clothes, groomed and with make up on, laughing and sharing a meal together.

    I presented the cover of my new book while we were together and reserved a copy as a gift for everyone in attendance. It occurred to me how blessed I am because of them and how much I am growing into the woman I believe God wants me to be.

    Keeping an Open Mind

    Things usually work out for me when I approach my physical, mental and spiritual well-being with an open mind. Miracles have not happened in my life overnight; it has taken years to create the happy, joyous and free situation in which I find myself today.

    For my own good, I must approach my well-being with an open mind, ready to receive and to accept new ideas. Then, for my own good I must apply these ideas to my life.

    Listening and Learning

    If I approach my well-being with a tightly closed mind, ready to criticize what I hear, it is as though I am holding a teaspoon under Niagara Falls in an effort to quench my thirst.

    On most days I keep myself receptive and listen. I used to be quick to judge and say: “Yes, but my case is so different.” The details of my situation may have differed, but basically my story is the same as any of yours who struggle now or have struggled with making a change in your life.

    Many days I must cling to this one thought: My well-being CAN change – If I give it a chance.

    A Change of Desire

    Of myself, my very best thinking caused some of my worse physical conditions, emotional drama and spiritual despair. I thought I could change according to my desires, but when solutions came, I found it was my desire that had changed.

    I make progress daily if I pick up even one small new idea that I hear someone say or that I read. Things have often not worked out in my life the way I wanted them to, but as my point of view changed, what I thought I wanted changed as well. My ultimate contentment is no longer as dependent on having things work out my way.

    My hope for today is to always offer a healing helpful message to all who care to listen and I pray to be able to hear the good in all that you say to me as well. Many of my clients allowed me to share their video testimonials at these luncheons. So it’s not just me, it’s a “WE” who are changing lives one body at a time.

    If you find yourself in desire of change today and I can help in anyway, please call. My cell is 361-549-4604. My staff and I are said to be the best Fitness Professionals and Functional Aging Specialists in the Coastal Bend. We know a bit about changing bodies for the better.

    Yours in Health and Fitness,

    Lisa G. Wright, CFT, FAS

    Your Personal Best Training Studio
    Owner/Director of Operations
    (361) 549-4604
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  6. Taking Care of My Selves (part 1 of 3)

    Learning to Treat My Selves Well

    Learning to take care of myself has been three fold for me – physical, mental and spiritual. At times I have neglected my health on all three of these fronts, so my recovery from patterns of addictive thinking has had to be threefold as well.

    It takes a firm commitment to make my own well-being a priority. In the past, I have neglected to care for myself because I was waiting for someone else to take care of me. And I could be so concerned with another person’s well-being that I failed to attend to my own. With the help of a 12 Step Recovery program call Al-Anon, I am learning to take responsibility for better tending to my needs.

    My Physical Health

    I had to reconsider what I was doing physically to my body and what could I do to improve and maintain good health for the long haul. My physical body requires:

    • Rest (I need about 7 hours per night to feel rested)
    • Exercise but not overtraining as I have done in the past
    • A nutritious diet. This has been the biggest reason for my success at almost 55 years old in a few days.
    • Appropriate medical attention including an overall annual check-up, dental and eye care.

    All of this care merit’s conscientious planning on my part. Something as simple as a brisk walk or bike ride can make a difference in the way I feel. I get massages every other week or take time for a nap when I feel tired.

    My Mental and Emotional Health

    Mentally and emotionally, I’ve found ways to stimulate my mind and validate my feelings. I read enjoyable books or put my thoughts on paper in the form of keeping journals.Last year I engaged in a self-paced, 8-week online course that focused on Richard Rohr’s book, Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps. I also learned a new skill; pushing and pulling dis-“abled” persons in rolling chairs by loaning my legs to run or cycle with them. I became “willing” to open myself up to new areas of interest.

    I strive to become more honest with myself about what I think and feel; and am finding more appropriate ways to express myself. At times I might examine my emotions, whether alone, with a trusted other, or with professional help.

    Some days I just feel out of whack and I lean on an Al-Anon slogan . . . “Easy Does It”, cutting myself the same slack I would cut anyone else I cared about. I am really learning that feelings are temporary and always pass. Today, feeling OK is a GOOD thing for me!

    My Spiritual Health

    The third and most important aspect of my self-care is spiritual. I have found it crucial to take time every single day to improve my conscious contact with the God of my understanding. First thing in the morning:

    • I currently start with lectio divina using a special app on my phone called “Sacred Space” containing a scripture passage for the day
    • This time includes prayer writing (journaling) to my inner most self
    • Followed by 20-30 minutes of meditation (not always in the above order)
    • Later in the day I may find time for another 20 minutes of meditation or a quiet, thoughtful walk with my dog(s)

    I also find spiritual inspiration and solace that is especially suited to me because of being affected by the family disease of alcoholism in Al-Anon’s daily meditation books. Artistic expression (coloring and sewing) and at times organized religion has fostered spiritual growth in me as well.

    I’ve found over the years that if I stub my pinky toe, my whole body hurts and if I am weak in any one of the three areas above the other two are affected. I am interested in the BIGGER picture now and learning to live my life from the inside (core of my being) outward.

    My vocation is in the field of health and fitness. If you feel that I could help you out, give me a call and let’s visit. 361-549-4604

    Yours in Health & Fitness,

  7. Building Spiritual Muscles

    Chapters close and open in our lives, be it the end of a year, death of a loved, a health diagnosis or just sick and tired of feeling sick and tired all the time.

    I’d like to take a few minutes to contemplate and share with you the progress I’ve made over the past 12 months and to thank my Higher Power for my growth. What actions did I take that contributed to my success this year? Perhaps it was as simple and profound as continuing to attend my recovery meetings even when things in my life were going really well.

    Looking Back

    How have I reached out to other beggars this year and showed them where I found good food? Was I thoughtful, helpful (when asked), did I lead a life of integrity focusing on what was necessary and with kindness? Perhaps I was patient with those who were suffering, giving them my full attention or by giving my phone number to others. Maybe I learned to trust a little more and build my community of trusted others and open up more deeply to them. Have I thanked all who have been kind or have gifted me in some way? Have I recognized my growing ability to love and trust others and most of all my Higher Power?

    Perhaps I finally came to really understand the First Step, or really committed myself to working some of the other steps again.

    “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol (or for me; people, places and things) —that our lives had become unmanageable.”

    Maybe I had the faith and courage to make some hard decisions.

    I am discovering that I do play an important part in my own well-being. I will celebrate my achievements and be grateful for all I have been given. I am not perfect, but I am excellent!

    Looking Forward

    We live in a society of instant gratification; instant coffee, instant breakfast, instant money from our local ready bank machines —it’s everywhere we look! No wonder so many land at my training studio door in a new year looking for instant answers to all the problems that come from living a life with little to no exercise, a poor diet and no real connection to their Higher Power who can help them the most!

    For me, recovery is a process. It takes time to regain, reclaim, and recoup all that was lost while I tried on my own to cope with the symptoms of growing up in dis-“ease” or an unwillingness to let go of “my will be done”.

    • Building trust in others and in a Power greater than I is taking time
    • Changing my attitude is taking time
    • Healing old wounds – spiritually, mentally and physically is taking time

    There are no immediate, ready-made solutions I am finding. Building spiritual muscles (with help) – is leading me to the answers that are right for me.

    I suspect we all have dark times in our lives, and could it be that “the journey” to better times and better health is often what makes us happier, stronger people? When I stop expecting instant relief, I come to believe that where I am today is exactly where my Higher Power would have me to be.

    Gratitude is an Action Word!

    Yesterday I had a cup of coffee, down the street, with a trusted other and the subject of gratitude came up. I was reminded that “gratitude is an action word”. I make my bed because I am grateful for a bed; brush my teeth in gratitude for teeth, eat right and exercise in gratitude for my healthy body that is pure gift, etc . . .

    Today and each day, no matter what is going on around me, I know that I will move forward. I trust the process of spiritual, mental and physical recovery. With the help of my Higher Power and the grateful actions I must take as a result of this relationship I just know the next chapter of my life will be filled with more miracles for me. I’ll let time take time.

    “If I am under pressure and setting myself deadlines, I will stop for a few minutes and
    think of just this one day and what I can do with it.” ~ One Day at a Time in Al-Anon.

    I have gratitude for all who read and follow my spiritual musings, YOU keep ME emotionally sober!

    Yours in Health and Fitness,

    Lisa-Newsletter-Pic.jpgLisa G. Wright, CFT, FAS
    Your Personal Best Training Studio
    Owner/Director of Operations
    (361) 549-4604
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  8. “Exercise is a Journey, Not a Destination. …”

    cooper3My training studio has as one of its core values; Innovation. We strive to always be up-to-date with our business practices and training techniques by …

    “Reaching outside of our community for ‘cutting edge’ knowledge to facilitate our clients’ dramatic results”

    Just recently one of my staff, Juan Guerrero, and I had an amazing opportunity to visit The Cooper Institute in Dallas,TX. We had a lengthy tour of the grounds and personally met Dr. Cooper, in his office where he spent unhurried time visiting with our group. I believe the following to be of interest to you.

    Who is the Cooper Institute and what do they do?

    The Cooper Institute (CI), established in 1970, is a 501.c.3. nonprofit research and education organization dedicated globally to preventive medicine. The Institute’s founder, Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., the “Father of Aerobics,” was an Air Force physician who became interested in the role of exercise in preserving health. When he published his first best seller, Aerobics, in 1968, he introduced a new word and was the spark for millions to become active. For More Information

    Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH is the Chairman Emeritus to the current Board of Trustees that oversees The Cooper Institute’s strategic direction and educational and research initiatives. A few of his many accolades include:

    • Author of the best-selling book, Aerobics, in 1968 and 19 subsequent book.
    • After founding The Cooper Institute, he later established the Cooper Clinic, Cooper Fitness Center, Cooper Hotel & Conference Center, Cooper Spa, Cooper Wellness, Cooper Consulting Partners, and Cooper Complete

    The Cooper Institute has achieved worldwide recognition for its outstanding scientific research on exercise physiology, obesity, hypertension, epidemiology, behavior change, children’s health issues, nutrition, aging, and other preventive medicine issues.  Learn More

    Why I’m so Impressed

    As a Fitness Professional with 2 decades in this industry, our core values and mission statement were all over this unexpected opportunity to visit The Cooper Institute.

    YPB Mission Statement and Core Values

    As a culture at YPB we believe that it matters to you that we …

    • Are passionate, committed and love what we do
    • Want to share and inspire “cutting edge” knowledge with you
    • Attract and train the best staff to give the best service
    • Will listen and communicate for better knowing and caring about you.
    • Will motivate, challenge, celebrate, appreciate, set big audacious goals to make big things happen, and applaud your success.
    • Continually improve, by ever learning, ever growing toward personal development
    • Partner with, contribute to and give back to our community with integrity
    • Respect, care and work together as a team

    An Interesting Fact

    IN his best-selling book, Aerobics, Dr. Cooper emphasized a point system for improving the cardiovascular system. His points system is also the basis of the 10,000 steps per day method of maintaining adequate fitness by walking. Read More

    Feeling Affirmed

    As the owner of Your Personal Best Training Studio, I’ve been encouraging health and fitness for 20 years now. I’m a published author and highly sought after Functional Aging Specialist and if you don’t believe what I share with you then take it from this veteran, 45 years in the industry …

    Are you unsure where your health stands? Do you want to live a healthy lifestyle but don’t know where to start? Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, Founder and Chairman of Cooper Aerobics, developed eight steps to Get Cooperized, helping you live a longer and healthier life. Following these eight simple steps, such as exercising most days of the week and getting proper supplementation, will help you to live better, both sooner and later. Eight Steps Here

    Overall, I found the Cooper Institute to be a premier facility, literally a compound of wealth and health. I loved his slogan and it was everywhere, on the walls and on a t-shirt I bought.

    “Exercise is a journey, not a destination. It must be continued for the rest of your life” ~Dr. Kenneth Cooper
    What really caused me to pause and consider was Dr. Cooper’s exceptional physical condition and emotional and mental state for the 20 minutes we were in his office. He’s 85 and I know it wasn’t just good genetics or by accident. I also know however old we are, it’s NEVER too late!

    I felt no impediment from the visit only affirmed!

    Dr. Cooper and his facility truly stood up to everything I have ever heard about him and this facility. Do visit if you are ever in the area, you will not be disappointed! Or give us a call (361-549-4604) and WE will share OUR “cutting edge” knowledge with you.

    Yours in Health and Fitness,

    Lisa-Newsletter-Pic.jpgLisa G. Wright, CFT, FAS
    Your Personal Best Training Studio
    Owner/Director of Operations
    (361) 549-4604
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  9. Whew, What a First Month of 2016!

    I am often blessed with opportunities to speak publicly regarding who I am as a person, what I do professionally as a small business owner, Functional Aging Specialist and published author, why I can help people change for the better and my approach to this. I network in my community, follow-up with phone calls and am passionate about helping others with their health and fitness.

    For any one or ALL of these reasons, you are now new to my newsletters and perhaps my studio. Welcome!

    My desire in writing to you 2-3 times per week is not to annoy but to offer you my experience, strength and hope regarding physical, mental and spiritual wellness. Most all of my newsletters will look something like this ….

    • A helpful fitness article and tip (usually motivational) and a great tried and true recipe
    • A sharing from me regarding my personal recovery story in relation to the Twelve Steps of AA and in relation to a Higher Power who does for me what I cannot do for myself
    • Client success stories
    • Awesome promotions and opportunities to “give us a try”

    I expect you will take what you like from my sharings and leave the rest. There is an unsubscribe button on every email if anything becomes too much for you or NOT helpful.

    All in All

    Almost 4 years ago now, I really “hit my bottom” regarding my mental and spiritual wellness and it began affecting me physically. I was struggling in relationship with my loved ones and with recurring shingles, both of which I blamed on external circumstances unwilling to consider what was going on inside of me.

    A trusted friend suggested I attend Al-Anon, a 12 Step recovery program for families and friends of Alcoholics. It was in these rooms that I discovered that I was raised in the disease of addiction, married and gave birth to it.

    Slowly, as I began to recover, I realized what a wonderful gift this program was. It gave me an understanding of this disease, the tools to change my life, the courage to use them, and a place to talk about my secrets and to hear others share theirs.

    When I got to the Twelfth Step, it talked about carrying the message to others. I also took notice of the part about practicing these spiritual principals in ALL my affairs. As in my physical fitness, I came to understand that in living these principles I could carry the message by example and attraction rather than promotion.

    My Healthy Reminder

    It’s only natural to want to share what works for me with those I love and care about. But when I must share it now, I may be more interested in changing others than in sharing my experience, strength and hope. Like my physical fitness, I must work daily on improving the message my own attitudes convey.

    I cannot exercise or eat right for you, only for me. I am powerless over other people, places or things but not over myself. It is a daunting task to radically begin to change, one that I can only do with a “willing” attitude one day at a time and in relationship with my Higher Power.

    “We ought not to insist on everyone following in our footsteps, nor to take upon ourselves
    to give instructions in spirituality when, perhaps, we do not even know what it is.” ~Teresa of Avila

    … and so, it is in my personal sharing with you once a week that I will work my 12th step by offering to you bits and pieces of my experience, giving credit to the One who gives me strength and with a LOT of hope and trust in the connectedness of all of our hearts!

    Call me if you would like to start exercising in a safe and loving environment or just grab a cup of coffee somewhere and visit. 361-549-4604

    Yours in Health and Fitness,


    Lisa G. Wright, CFT, FAS
    Your Personal Best Training Studio
    Owner/Director of Operations
    (361) 549-4604
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  10. 7 Reasons to Inspire You to Exercising Greatness

    If you’re struggling to find motivation to get to your workout, allow these seven reasons to inspire you to exercising greatness…

    Exercise Because —Your Body Works
    It may seem like an odd reason to work out, but the fact that you can work out ought to inspire you to do so. After all, there are plenty of folks who have been affected by disease or congenital conditions that make working out impossible. If you are able to exercise, do it! Every movement you make, be grateful and work to learn your body’s limits. In essence, when you do this you’re giving your body a high five!

    Exercise Because —Disease Can’t Handle It
    True, there are diseases that will attack you regardless of your fitness level. However, exercising regularly (starting today) is one of the best ways to build yourself up against all sorts of ailments and illnesses. From the common cold to heart disease, exercise helps you avoid health issues and live a healthier, longer life.

    Exercise Because —Your Family Loves You
    Because you want to be around for years in the future, you need to exercise. As seen above, exercise is a great way to fend off all sorts of health issues, many of them life-threatening. So if you want to show love to your family members who love you, you’ll need to work out regularly. Afraid your workouts will take away family time? Get up earlier or take your loved ones with you.

    Exercise Because —You Beat Goals
    Some people meet goals. When you commit to getting in the gym today, you set yourself up to beat goals. Because once you reach your new chest-press or weight-loss goal, you move on to the next. Do this in the gym enough and it will start to happen in the rest of your life. Deadline at work coming up soon? No problem. Wish you could read more books? Consider it done. Ready to quit smoking? You can do it. All because you worked out today.

    Exercise Because —Life Will Be Easier
    Ever struggled to get out of bed and get on with your day? Exercising today can help that. Wonder why you always feel stressed out? Once you get in the gym this afternoon you’ll be able to shed the stress. Wish you had the sex drive that you seemingly lost a few years ago? Today’s workout will get you on the right track there as well. See a heavy couch that needs lifting? After spending time in the gym today, that couch will be light as a feather tomorrow. In other words, exercise makes everything in life better, easier, and more bearable!

    Exercise Because —Your Body Will Surprise You
    When you started on your exercise journey, you wanted to change your body. But somewhere along the way you forgot about that swimsuit-ready body you desired so much early on. Well, guess what? It can still be yours! All you’ve got to do is get in the gym today and get back on the road to it. In six months, you’ll be amazed at how much better your body looks and how much more you enjoy being you.

    Exercise Because —Your Friends Will Join You
    It can be hard to keep working out in the gym every day if your loved ones aren’t into it. However, if you stick with it and trust your trainer, your loved ones may eventually want to join you in your exercise. Once they realize you’re seeing positive results, they won’t want to miss out. So by going to the gym today, you’re helping others be healthy!

    Call or email today to get started on my very best exercise program – together we will get you to your goals once and for all! Don’t wait – act now!

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